Margaret River Region Open Studios designs, co-ordinates and promotes a free annual open art studios event to showcase the increasingly diverse and vibrant visual arts throughout the Margaret River region. The event has become the biggest of its kind in Australia.
The seventh Open Studio event will be held over 16 days from 25 April – 10 May 2020, offering art lovers the rare chance to visit private art studios, meet artists and view their works in progress.
Margaret River Region Open Studios Inc is a not-for-profit organisation, administered by a Board of professionals, artists, volunteers and contracted personnel whose aim is to promote Visual Arts throughout the Region.
Come and experience the vibrant visual arts scene in the Margaret River Region, and plan your art trail adventure using our website or free event guide.
Discover the origins of Margaret River Region Open Studios in this video by Southern Forest Arts -
Chair of the Board
I enjoyed a 40 year marketing and advertising career in the U.K. and Australia, in many roles including; as the inaugural MD of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, the vice Chairman of S&S London and ex CEO/Chairman of 303 Perth. I admire the creative artistic process, it has given me great pleasure over the years and this is an opportunity to give something back to the arts community.
Julien as a chartered accountant has, over the years, been involved with voluntary organisations, such as Rotary International since 1984. His role has involved him in assisting with the finances & fund raising to ensure that the organisations are financially stable. With not an artistic bone in his body, he can only admire the skill & talents of the works produced by the very many art forms on shown in the South West.
In My former role as a senior partner of KPMG I was responsible for a range of financial services reporting to the Australian capital markets and director for National Business Development with KPMG in Melbourne which has allowed me to observe the impact that effective corporate governance plays in the performance of ASX listed companies and other entities (including not for profit). I have been finance director for The Heart Foundation-Perth and Australian Tapestry Workshop Inc. In my role with MRROS I wish to bring to this very successful organisation my insights into strategic development, financial and non- financial measures and the impact of the changing business environment.
Jacquie has been involved in starting many events and art projects in the Dunsborough region over the last twenty years with most of it as a volunteer, so believes she now has the dream job working as the Cultural Development Officer at the City of Busselton. While her husband Myles, is a potter and bee-keeper, Jacquie believes she has a good eye though her artistic work is in the organisational sphere, bringing together people to experience ‘something’ being the driver. She has been the chair of the Dunsborough & Districts Progress Association for nearly 10 years and volunteers for a variety of festivals in the area.
Since completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Fine Art at Curtin in 2011, Ella has worked in both the public and private art sector in various roles including project coordination, communications and marketing, curation, and arts tutoring. Ella’s passion for the arts lies in supporting and enabling others to engage in the arts, recognising the important role that arts and culture plays in our world.
Fi Marks Wilkie has enjoyed living in Margaret River for the past twenty years. She studied art history at UWA and then graphic design at Curtin University before travelling widely and then working in interior design, antiques and product design.
She has a passion for country living, its people its landscape and its stories. and her work repeatedly explores these themes. She has come to painting only fairly recently after the birth of the first of two daughters 16 years ago but has had several successful solo and group exhibitions in Margaret River.
Kay grew up in Perth and studied Graphic Design at Perth Technical College before moving to Margaret River where she settled and raised a family with her husband.
Returning to study in 2001 Kay gained her Honours in Visual Art from Edith Cowan University and the following year was appointed as an art lecturer for South West TAFE. Kay is passionate about the natural environment and produces work for galleries and events from her Cowaramup studio. As a volunteer on a number of art boards and committees Kay is an active advocate for the arts in the region.
Kerry shunned his early artistic abilities to pursue a career in production engineering. In London he transitioned into the construction industry through mechanical and structural engineering, yet eventually found himself trapped in Melbourne’s corporate world of three letter acronyms: Architecture. At forty he left it all behind to relocate to Cowaramup, take up the brush again and finally realise his true passion as an artist. Kerry is also passionate about his community, and consequently volunteers countless hours to various local non-profit groups, organisations and events.
Anita Hurst is our contracted administrator and has lived in the beautiful South West for over five years. Anita brings a cross section of skills to the team including; marketing, event management, sales and customer service. Anita also has a strong background in tourism including spending two years with the Regional Tourism Organisation for the South West - Australia's South West. Anita is a new addition to the Open Studio's team and will be your main contact person for the general day-to-day running of the organisation as well a helping to co-ordinate the artists. To contact Anita email email@example.com.